Student Billing Services

Student Account Refunds

Refunds will be issued to students when the account has an eligible overpayment from personal funds or financial aid. Please see the “My Finances” page in CalCentral for a current account balance and list of refunds.

Personal Payments - Overpayments from personal funds are released for refund 15 days from the date of payment. You will get an email letting you know when your refund is available either via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or as a paper check available for pickup at Cal Student Central.

Financial Aid - If your financial aid payments exceed your charges, the extra funds will be issued to you as a refund about one week after payments are posted. Refunds are issued as early as one week before the beginning of each term. The actual timing of your refund depends on when your financial aid was applied to your account. Just check CARS (through summer 2016) or CalCentral (fall 2016 and beyond) to monitor your aid payment dates so that you can estimate the date of any expected refund. You will get an email letting you know when your refund is available either via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or as a paper check available for pickup at Cal Student Central.


Note: UC Berkeley does not require that students open an account with any financial institution. Students may choose to receive credit balances, or refunds, through any banking institution of their choice or via a paper refund check.

*Checks that are not picked up within 10 days will be mailed to the local address on file. Be sure to keep your contact information current via CalCentral.